Insider Sees Potential in Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY); Aurinia Pharma (AUPH) Gets Boost from Lupus Nephritis Trial Data

Theodore R. Samuels II, a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE:BMY), disclosed after the closing bell Wednesday in a regulatory filing ( FORM 4 ) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that he purchased a couple days ago 12,000 shares (at an average price of $56.77 each) of the global biopharmaceutical company.

BMY stock finished the regular session in positive territory by 0.83% (or +$0.47) at $57.18 with a total volume of 13.35M shares traded.

Bristol-Myers Squibb, which discovers, develops, licenses, manufactures, markets, and distributes biopharmaceutical products, has 1.67B shares outstanding, market capitalization (intraday) of $95.65B and BMY stock 52-week range is from $46.01 to $77.12 per share.



Shares of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:AUPH) climbed more than 40% to near their 52-week high levels in the extended session Wednesday after the company said that a Phase IIb trial of its investigational drug voclosporin in lupus nephritis met its 48-week complete and partial remission endpoints.

According to the clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, the study results showed that the addition of voclosporin – in both low and high doses – to standard of care of mycophenolate mofetil is superior to standard of care alone in achieving complete remission in patients with active lupus nephritis – a type of kidney inflammation.

AUPH stock closed at $3.71, up $0.15 (or +4.21%) and 4.52M of its shares changed hands during the day, representing a large increase in activity vesus its average volume (3m) of 1.77M shares

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, which engages in the development of a therapeutic drug to treat autoimmune diseases, has 52.81M shares outstanding. At close on Wednesday, the company had a market capitalization of $191.33M and AUPH stock one-year range was between $1.74 and $5.69 per share.


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